Teenager added to pro­gramme, com­mits to For­mula Re­nault with Ar­den

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - By Stephen Lick­o­r­ish Pho­tos: Jakob Ebrey, LAT

Bri­tish teenager Dan Ticktum has joined the Red Bull ju­nior team and will com­pete in the For­mula Re­nault Eurocup with Ar­den in 2017.

The 17-year-old made a re­turn to rac­ing last year in Euro­pean F3 at Hock­en­heim af­ter serv­ing a 12-month ban fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent at Sil­ver­stone dur­ing an MSA For­mula race in 2015. He also com­peted in the BRDC Bri­tish F3 Au­tumn Tro­phy and Ma­cau Grand Prix events with Dou­ble R Rac­ing.

Ticktum, who was pre­vi­ously af­fil­i­ated to Red Bull through its Ath­letes scheme, will now race in the Eurocup with Ar­den as the team makes its de­but in the se­ries.

“Some peo­ple will know the mis­takes I’ve made,” said Ticktum. “I have changed my at­ti­tude mas­sively and I can­not wait to prove that to every­one. [I want] to win the Euro­pean For­mula Re­nault two-litre cham­pi­onship.”

Ticktum also tested with the Tech 1 Rac­ing and R-ace GP out­fits at the end of last sea­son be­fore join­ing Ar­den.

“He did some work with us at the end of last year,” said Ar­den gen­eral man­ager Ju­lian Rouse. “We’ve known him for a few years and have been fol­low­ing his progress. He’s re­ally tal­ented and it’s good to see him back rac­ing this year.

“The ob­jec­tive will be to get as close to win­ning the cham­pi­onship as we pos­si­bly can. It’s an ex­cit­ing year for him and he’s re­ally mo­ti­vated.”

Iron­i­cally, it was a col­li­sion with an Ar­den car that led to Ticktum’s rac­ing ban, as he crashed into Ricky Col­lard in the MSA For­mula race while be­hind the safety car.

Rouse added that Ar­den is close to fi­nal­is­ing its three-car Eurocup line-up.

Ticktum will be joined in the se­ries by two other Red Bull ju­niors with Richard Ver­schoor and Neil Ver­ha­gen both com­pet­ing with the re­turn­ing MP Mo­tor­sport squad.

Luis Leeds, the Aus­tralian who was third in Bri­tish F4 last year and will race in the Eurocup with Josef Kauf­mann Rac­ing, will no longer be part of the Red Bull pro­gramme.

Ticktum tested with Tech 1 but will race for Ar­den

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